It is made from pork shoulder meat finely minced, about 4 parts meat to 1 part of fat. The meat is seasoned with salt and pepper. Nitrates and ascorbic acid are added as well.
The mixture is packed into a cow’s intestine casing. The sausages are then let dry in a warm, humid room for 8 days, then aged in cellars for 4 to 5 months (depending on size.)
After this, it is ready to be sold on.
The final product weight is between 2 ½ and 3 ⅓ pounds (1 and 1 ½ kilos.)
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